Monthly Archives: April 2014

Disease Update for Tobacco Float Beds

Disease levels have been relatively low in tobacco float beds during the past few weeks, and the transplant crop seems to be a bit behind schedule compared to last year.  We’ve observed a fair amount of Rhizoctonia damping-off at this

Posted in Tobacco

Managing Corn Earworm in Sweet Corn

If we consider acreage, sweet corn is our most widely grown vegetable in Kentucky. Locally-grown sweet corn is very popular, and in some ways, the first local sweet corn of the year signals the start of summer. While many people

Posted in Vegetables

Calico Scale Can Be a Nemesis of Landscape Trees

Scale insects are often overlooked sap-feeding insects that can be serious pests of shade and ornamental trees. The calico scale (Figure1), a soft scale, has caused significant problems in Kentucky, especially for maples, sweetgum, honey locust, Japanese Zelkova, crabapples, and

Posted in Landscape Trees & Shrubs

Black Flies

Black flies or buffalo gnats (Figure 1) are 1/8-inch long hump-backed dark flies with wide, clear wings. Females use their sharp blade-like mouthparts to slice the skin and feed on blood that wells up. The bite may bleed for some

Posted in Human Pests, Livestock Pests

Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab Highlights

The following plant disease highlights from the UK Plant Disease Diagnostic Laboratories represent recent sample submissions from field crops, fruit and vegetables, and ornamentals. Pythium root rot was diagnosed on tobacco transplants, as well as non-infectious problems of uneven germination,

Posted in Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab

2014 Insect Trap Counts

Weekly trap counts for major insect pests are provided by the Kentucky IPM Program. Traps are located at the UK Research Center in western Kentucky and the UK Spindletop Farm in Lexington.  Below are trap counts for the current period.

Posted in Insect Trap Counts

Alfalfa Weevil Season Begins

A few newly hatched alfalfa weevil larvae were found in Fayette County alfalfa late last week, but tip feeding was not evident. Degree day accumulations are reaching totals where feeding damage should become apparent soon if the insect is at

Posted in Forages